IDPH not considering St. Clair County request for lighter COVID-19 restrictions – Belleville News-Democrat
Illinois lawmakers ask Big Ten for testing game plan, hope to scale for K-12 schools – Center Square
Complaint Filed Over Lake County Couple’s Campaign Finance Violations, Which Spent 3 Years Unnoticed – NPR Illinois
Reform for Illinois, which is nonpartisan, said the the issue is bigger than just the Rummel duo. “The concern is if this goes unanswered — if the State Board of Elections doesn’t act in this case — then how many more candidates and elected officials will decide, ‘Well, why should I have a candidate committee and deal with these smaller contribution limits? I could just have a PAC and take in twice or three times the amount of money.’”
Rob Smith, contributor to youth conservative group Turning Point USA, disagreed with defunding police, mentioning that a policeman escorted him when he spoke on the University campus in October of last year. “As a Black man, I am repulsed by this transparent and all too obvious attempt to co-opt a movement to pursue a divisive political agenda."
State Lax in Enforcing Law Meant to Track, Support Minority-owned Businesses – Better Government Association
Madigan Lobbying Probe Resumes As A Guilty Plea Is Expected From An Ex-ComEd Official – WBEZ (Chicago)
Ex-ComEd Executive to plead guilty to bribery charges tied to IL House Speaker Mike Madigan – ABC7 (Chicago)
How Michael Madigan Went To Bat For The Wife And Mother Of The Chairman Investigating The ComEd Scandal – WBEZ (Chicago)
Black Lives Matter group, counter protesters trade obscenities, insults in Highland – Belleville News-Democrat
Gov. Pritzker Has Vowed To Make Changes At DCFS, But Multiple Children Whose Families Were Investigated Have Still Been Killed – CBS2 (Chicago)
Fury and Frustration: Dealing With Illinois’ Department of Employment Security Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – NBC5 (Chicago)
Committee investigating bribery scheme implicating Madigan could vote to subpoena the House speaker, others – Center Square
Bishop Paprocki: ‘Real legal and constitutional concerns’ over ‘extraordinary’ COVID-19 shutdowns – Center Square
Six months later: The ripple effect of COVID-19 in Central Illinois – The Pantagraph (Bloomington-Normal)
Two former Illinois governors, now out of prison, have advice for House Speaker Michael Madigan – Center Square
Haunted hayrides with limits OK, haunted houses aren’t: Pritzker admin changes guidance – Center Square
Pritzker tries to blame Republicans after ally suggests big tax hike coming if voters reject tax amendment – Chicago Tribune*
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says he doesn’t know if Amy Coney Barrett is qualified for Supreme Court – Chicago Tribune*
Durbin voted against Barrett’s nomination to the appeals court both on the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor.
Durbin’s previous opposition to Barrett was due to her lack of judicial or courtroom experience as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. He also questioned an academic writing which raised the issue of whether a Catholic judge should recuse themselves from capital punishment cases due to their faith. Barrett, a staunch Catholic, said then that her faith would not play a role in her judicial decisions.
New Jersey's proposed tax on financial exchange transactions would likely send New York-based Nasdaq's massive data center business packing from the Garden State. There are lessons for us here.
Youth hockey in Illinois has been frozen by COVID-19 restrictions. Some parents say it’s time for a thaw. – Chicago Tribune*
Coronavirus at Illinois long-term care facilities: 27,139 confirmed cases and 4,396 deaths – Chicago Tribune
Read Speaker Madigan’s letter to the special committee investigating his conduct in alleged ComEd bribery scheme – Chicago Tribune*
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood and Adam Schuster, of the Illinois Policy Institute: "Illinois’ spending on pensions has grown by over 500% in the past two decades while spending on social services for the poor has dropped by one-third. Requests to throw more money into that black hole cannot solve the problem, but real reform can. We can’t support a system that prioritizes spending on debt and pensions over people."
Pritzker, Illinois GOP respond to threat of 20% tax hike if voters reject progressive income tax – Center Square
COVID-19 has closed a few southwest Illinois businesses. Most are trying to hang on. – Belleville News-Democrat
How COVID-19 decimated Illinois nursing homes, exposed government flaws and left families in frustrating limbo – Crain’s
Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton says lawmakers will be forced to consider 20% tax hike if voters nix graduated tax amendment – Center Square
LaHood files Taxpayer Protection Act to stop blank-check bailouts of mismanaged states, fix Illinois’ pension crisis – Illinois Policy
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood filed legislation in the U.S. House to ensure federal money supports essential government services during the COVID-19 pandemic – not mountains of pre-existing state and local debt and financial mismanagement.
‘Nobody knew how to handle this situation’: How COVID-19 decimated Illinois nursing homes, exposed government flaws and left families in frustrating limbo – Chicago Tribune*
Public health officials scrambled to update directives as more was learned about the virus. Gear shortages forced new rules on how to use equipment longer. And there was the sheer challenge of regularly contacting nursing homes to push advice and assess conditions.“With 200 of them (in Cook County), it gets overwhelming very quickly,” said Dr. Demian Christiansen, who heads Cook County’s Communicable Disease Prevention and Control unit.
Proposed income tax amendment on minds of interest groups, politicians as early Illinois voting begins – Center Square
Amid other reforms, Illinois state Senator looks to give local prosecutors power to wiretap public corruption suspects – Center Square
Editorial: Closing Arguments, Part Three: Drs. Pritzker and Madigan, your patient is seriously ill. The ‘fair tax’ is no cure. – Chicago Tribune*
Allowing daughter to compete out-of-state, Pritzker violated his own health guidelines – Prairie State Wire
Over 25,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois For Week Of Sept. 14, Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – CBS2 (Chicago)
The number of patients in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19 hit 1,713 as of Wednesday night, the highest number since mid-June, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.
Pritzker, Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Discuss ‘Miscarriage Of Justice,’ Upcoming Protests In Shooting Death Of Breonna Taylor – CBS2 (Chicago)
Controversial ‘no-knock’ warrants questioned in Breonna Taylor case are legal in Illinois – Chicago Sun-Times*
Column: This time, it’s GOP that has state Supreme Court justice in its sights – Champaign News-Gazette
Greg Hinz on Wirepoints’ pension report: A pension reform plan that works—or a great white whale? – Crain’s*
Glenview Man Sues Illinois Department of Employment Security, Says He’s Owed Thousands In Benefits After System ‘Glitch’ – CBS2 (Chicago)
White said he wanted to file the lawsuit not only to get the money he believes he’s owed, but to also stand up for all of those who are unemployed in Illinois struggling to navigate the state’s flawed unemployment system. “There’s people that can’t feed their kids, there’s people that can’t pay their mortgage, that can’t pay their rent. This has caused them hardships that has altered their life tremendously.”
A University of Chicago professor and his colleague applied some simple macroeconomic modeling to that thought and found it’s probably more complicated than it seems: “Only workers with a low previous wage, an almost certain return-to-work offer, and very low wage losses after unemployment would turn down their old job and remain unemployed under the CARES Act.”
S&P warns delayed spending cuts could push Illinois into ‘non-investment grade’ territory – Center Square
JudicialWatch Sues State of Illinois for Refusing to Disclose Voter Roll Data in Violation of Federal Law – Press Release
The Illinois Conservative Union sent a public records request under this provision to the Illinois State Board of Elections, requesting information about the maintenance of voter rolls, including the most recent voter registration list for Illinois. The request noted that the records “would be used solely for purposes intended by federal law, namely, to ensure the accuracy and currency of the official list of eligible voters,” the complaint said.
The State Board of Elections denied the request, claiming that only political committees or governmental bodies may receive copies of records.
Pritzker readies Illinois National Guard ahead of possible announcement in Breonna Taylor case – FOX32 (Chicago)
Gov. Pritzker puts Illinois National Guard ‘in a state of readiness’ ahead of Kentucky announcement in Breonna Taylor case – Chicago Tribune*
Secretary of State’s letter to millions of Illinois voters causes confusion over mail-in voting – WGNTV (Chicago)
Citing Major Issues with COVID-19 Data, Schimpf and Plummer Call on Pritzker to Reopen Metro East Immediately – State Sen. Jason Plummer
Pot Shop Applicants Getting 2nd Chance To Try To Get Illinois Licenses After Protests, Lawsuits – Block Club Chicago
Illinois, federal proposals would give parents of virtual students more than $20,000 – Center Square
Madison County Court Allowed Eviction Cases To Proceed Despite Illinois’ Statewide Ban – St. Louis Public Radio
ComEd, Peoples Gas, Aqua Illinois, And Several Other Illinois Public Utilities Extend Moratoriums On Shutoffs Through March 31, 2021 – CBS2 (Chicago)
Report: 39 states ill-prepared for economic crisis resulting from coronavirus-related state shutdowns – Center Square
Illinois Now Only Midwest State Not Playing High School Football After Minnesota Vote – NBC5 (Chicago)
State Senator demands Illinois COVID-19 mitigations be lifted immediately because of incomplete data – Center Square
Pritzker to Republican ‘hypocrites:’ ‘whoever wins the election’ should appoint Ginsburg replacement – WCIA (Champaign)
"High levels of inequality distort free markets, reduce investment, impede entrepreneurs and slow overall economic growth."
A Mother’s Day spent moving dirt at the dump? Bloomingdale Twp. Road District invoices under scrutiny – Daily Herald*
We asked: How has the pandemic affected you financially? Some of the answers were heartbreaking. – Chicago Sun-Times*
Allen Guelzo, a Princeton University scholar and three-time Lincoln Prize winner who co-created a five-step decision-making analysis for the removal of newly scrutinized memorials, believes that if Illinois uproots Douglas, Lincoln should follow, disqualified by the Matson case and his stance during the Charleston debate.
Illinois Governor Pritzker’s Claim Of Following the Science And Data Appears To Be False…According To The Data – Illinois Leaks
Opinion: Illinois’ beleaguered housing market faces a new threat from Pritzker’s progressive tax – Crain’s*
Letter: Graduated income tax for Illinois threatens small business owners like me – Chicago Sun-Times*
"My name is Chris Plywacz and I am the proud owner of Reeg Plumbing, a small business in the western suburbs.... This amendment will give a big foot to Springfield politicians to step on small businesses like mine and diminish opportunities for us to create jobs or even expand our businesses.... Many of my customers have left this state because of our taxes.... After years of tax hikes, people fleeing the state and trying to weather a pandemic, Illinois is on the brink of collapse. I can’t think of a worse time to raise taxes."
Illinois State Police cite restaurant after it served customers indoors despite ban – Belleville News Democrat
Illinois receives $1.3 billion from FEMA for $300 in weekly federal jobless benefits authorized by President Trump – Chicago Tribune*
Editorial: Closing Arguments, Part Two: If you support the ‘Pritzker Tax,’ this one’s for you – Chicago Tribune*
Editorial: To avoid ‘nightmare’ cuts, state leaders must fight for federal funds while balancing budget – Chicago Sun-Times*
Joshua Scharf, senior fellow in fiscal policy for the Independence Institute in Colorado, said any evidence that superior money managers getting passed over for others who may meet diversity standards could run afoul of the pension board’s fiduciary duty to maximize returns and minimize risks for pensioners’ retirement funds.
Illinois region to return to Phase 4; indoor dining, larger gatherings may resume with restrictions – WGNTV (Chicago)
Emotional arguments project hope and fear as voters set to decide what could be Illinois’ biggest taxation shift in four decades – Chicago Tribune*
Lausch cautioned the lawmakers to stay away from asking witnesses about statements or documents they’ve been asked to provide the grand jury in the course of the ongoing federal investigation, and stressed lawmakers not disclose any proposed grant of immunity from investigators, saying it could significantly interfere with the federal corruption probe.
Illinoisans 51% more likely to be laid off, 21% less likely to be hired than U.S. average – Illinois Policy
SIU cutting $10.4 million from general operating budget, plus $3 million from Athletics – The Southern Illinoisan* (Carbondale)
State Senator Calls On Gov. JB Pritzker To Waive Penalty Weeks For Unemployment During COVID-19 Pandemic – CBS2 (Chicago)
Trump Calls For More Stimulus Money, Pritzker Warns of ‘Thousands’ of State Layoffs – WTTW (Chicago)
Mobilizing the National Guard Doesn’t Mean Your State Is Under Martial Law. Usually. – ProPublica Illinois
Over 23,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois For Week Of Sept. 7, Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – CBS2 (Chicago)
"According to a University of Illinois study that tracked thousands of journalists’ social media accounts, this virtual universe isn’t expanding, but rather, constantly fragmenting.'Findings suggest Washington journalists may be operating in even smaller, more insular microbubbles than previously thought, raising additional concerns about vulnerability to groupthink and blind spots,' says the University of Illinois study."
Leaked Video Shows Democratic Rep Sean Casten Rapping About How Trump Supporters Are ‘Racist’ And ‘Loony’ – Daily Caller
Illinois Democratic governor says if the federal government does not bail out his state, it will face ‘nightmare scenario’ of a 5% budget cut – The Blaze
Breaking the memo: Madigan investigative committee sending two letters to U.S. Attorney – WREX (Rockford)
Said state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, "We cannot afford to have another generation of students to be on the school-to-prison pipeline. In Illinois, 22 percent of Black students are ready for kindergarten, 15 percent can read by fourth grade, and Black students have a 75 percent graduation rate. Each of those metrics falls behind children of different races.
Clouted mix of insiders, others tied to state politics behind social equity pot bid – Chicago Sun-Times*
The company submitted 25 perfect applications under the name GRI Holdings LLC, meaning it could win the right to open up to 10 stores. Under one estimate, those licenses could be worth more than $133 million. But GRI’s registered managers make up a clouted mix of insiders and others with ties to state politics.
Feds OK Illinois lawmakers to investigate Madigan bribery scandal, but what can they do? – Center Square
Illinois to offer $245 million to businesses impacted by COVID-19 as state adds 1,466 cases, 20 deaths – WGNTV (Chicago)
U.S. attorney’s office gives legislative panel investigating Madigan the green light to call witnesses – Chicago Tribune*
Gov. J.B. Pritzker maintaining approval, particularly among Democrats, for handling of pandemic, survey shows – Chicago Tribune*
H. Edward Wynn, author: "A graduated income tax may very well be the right public policy choice, or it may not be. Why don’t our leaders and the media trust us to make that choice based on the facts, not misleading and false arguments. The people of Illinois deserve better."
Executive Director Nikki Budzinski, who recently left the Pritzker administration, said the nonprofit will unveil new policy initiatives not only in the energy sector but also infrastructure and other policy areas in the coming months.
"As young people abandon this state or don’t return here to start their families and careers, the Illinois Exodus intensifies. Every time a taxpayer departs for Florida, Tennessee or Texas, the tax burden on those of us who remain grows heavier. So each of us should think skeptically, not reflexively by political tribe, about what the Pritzker Tax would do to Illinois."
Pritzker, Ezike and Arwady talk about the COVID-19 pandemic at 6 months, and look ahead to what might be next – Chicago Tribune*
Southwest IL restaurants defy COVID restrictions as positivity rate remains high – Belleville News-Democrat
Illinois builders, chambers white, black and Hispanic, combine to oppose tax advocated by Pritzker – Illinois Business Daily
3 years ago, the Africana Studies major at SIU was on the chopping block. Now, it’s growing. – The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
Pritzker needs to let Joliet area restaurants and bars immediately open for indoor business, Republicans announced Friday.